A backpackers guide to Ganpatipule by TreksandTrails
One of the most awesome and spectacular beaches that is in Maharashtra along the Kokan coast is Ganpatipule. A major attraction for pilgrims from all walks of life. The temple of Swayambhu Ganesh is visited by thousands of people every year to pay respect. Beach lovers and those who want some peace of mind away from the hustle and noise of the city are frequent too. Not just the clean beaches, sun and sand is known but coconut and mangroves are in abundant as well. It’s the best place to leave your life far behind and just slow down a little to laze around and explore. Rejuvenate or reinvent yourself.
Ganpatipule beach photo:
Sight Seeing recommended by TreksandTrails
Is a small village locate at approx 1 km from Ganpatipule. It’s the birth place of the renowned Marathi poet Kavi Keshavsoot. We can visit the house it’s now converted into a student’s hostel and still has a memorial of the poet making our visit worth it.
This small beautiful village is ideal to spend time aloof and relax. A great fair is organised during Maha Shivratri when pilgrims from the nearby villages and faraway place come to visit the old Shiva Temple. This village is to the north of Shastri river.
Is 25km away from Ganpatipule, it is also the district headquarters. As per the Indian mythology the Pandavas believed to settle here after their 13 years of pilgrimage. Four main attraction here are
1.The Thibaw Place: Thibaw last king of Burma lived and breathe his last after exile from Burma.
2.The birth place of Lokmanya Tilak – the freedom fighter.
3.The Patit Pawan mandir – first place of worship of non – Brahmins built by Veer Savarkar.
4.Rantangurg a sea fort in the interiors of Ratnagiri.
This fort was built in the 17 centaury to offer a panoramic view of the vast open sea. Jaigad fort is at entrance of the Samgameshwar river and is close to 35km from Ganpatipule.
The ashram of swami Swaroopanand is here. Once in your life time you have to vist this place to witness the journey through time.
Other suggested place to visit by TreksandTrails:
Marleshwar 60km from Ganpatipule – famous Shive temple and waterfalls. Derwan 85km from Ganpatipule – Shiv Shristi, exhibition on Shivaji raje
Parshuram 112km Ganpatipule known for the Parshuram temple
Location: Maharashtra, India
Best time: September to March
By Air: Nearest airport is Kolhapur
By Rail: Ratnagiri / Bhoke
By Road:Distance from Mumbai is 385km approx.
Distance from Pune is 340km approx via Satara
Distance from Kolahpur 150km approx.